Josh Wahlstrom is a graduate of Hastings High School where he participated in all aspects of the music program including band, choir, and orchestra. During high school, he was a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Band Award and a member of the all-state orchestra. Josh graduated with honors from Gustavus Adolphus College. At Gustavus, he was a principal percussionist in the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and a member of the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, Gustavus Percussion Ensemble, and the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra while studying percussion with Bob Adney for four years. During college, he toured numerous times both domestically and internationally and also performed in the Gustavus Honors Recital.
Josh has worked with the Hastings High School Marching Band since he graduated from high school and is currently going on his 9th year in the role of percussion director (YIM Class A State Champions in 2012, 2013, and 2014). At Hastings, he teaches the batterie during the summer parade season and teaches and arranges for the front ensemble during their fall field show season. Josh also co-directs the Hastings High School Percussion Ensemble and Hastings Middle School Percussion Ensemble, teaches private percussion lessons to 12 high school/middle school students, and freelances as a percussionist/drum set player for churches, orchestras, and musical theater productions.
In addition to teaching at Hastings, Josh taught with the Eagan High School Winter Drumline for 6 seasons from 2009-2015 (MPA Scholastic Open Champions in 2010, 2011, 2012 and WGI Scholastic A Finalist in 2014). Josh is also currently on staff with the River City Rhythm Indoor Drumline and the Rosemount High School Winds group.